The following engaged learning opportunities at IUPUI are just a few ways that students can harness high-impact educational practices:
Engaging in research allows students to expand on the learning that takes place in the classroom by observing, investigating, and answering important questions that will advance knowledge in their discipline. The Center for Research and Learning supports students through faculty mentorship, project supply funds, and opportunities to present research.
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
Students involved in service and community-based learning are able to give back to the community while simultaneously enhancing their own learning. For example, a biology student may learn about ecosystems and biodiversity by volunteering with a conservation group to preserve wetlands. The Center for Service Learning makes such opportunities possible by connecting students to service-based student organizations and civic engagement events.
Internships can give students future workplace advantages by providing direct exposure to professional settings prior to graduation. IUPUI’s On-Campus Internship Program, Sophomore Internship Program, and Life-Health Sciences Internship Program help students connect with opportunities that directly relate to their academic programs.
Learning communities operating on campus are cohorts of students, faculty, and staff who apply community building and out-of-class activities. Students are often enrolled together in multiple classes that revolve around a common theme.
Amy Powell, director of the Learning Communities program within the Institute for Engaged Learning, has witnessed many forms of engaged learning at its best. “The experiences these students are having are life-changing,” Powell said. “They're very deep, rich, meaningful experiences. That wouldn't happen if they weren't going outside the classroom.”
In the Communicating in Sports and Tourism learning community, students combined service learning with course concepts by helping Indianapolis public school children train for a kid-friendly marathon. In another learning community, students integrated concepts from two of their courses—Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Speech—by participating in a Toastmasters public speaking program at a nearby correctional facility.